God's Command and Christian Ethics
Christian Ethics is not merely believing morally right things but the act of putting those beliefs into practice. In Scripture ethics is explained in terms of what God expects of us. One perfect example is the prophet Micah's hearing God tell him what God desires in 6:1f, quoted here from Eugene Peterson's paraphrase, The Message:
But he's already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It's quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don't take yourself too seriously—take God seriously.
Our Wineskins ethics issue began Monday and will continue through January and February with an in-depth and incredibly helpful slate of articles coming, one by one each day. One particularly helpful article--an excerpt from a book called simply, Christian Ethics (Parma, 2004) is up today and you won't want to miss this one. It's by Ron Highfield and called, "God's Command and Christian Ethics: A Theology of Christian Life."